[These projects are from Dazzling Duct Tape Designs by Tamara Boykins.]
"Stir up excitement with this cuff-style bracelet that literally pops off your wrist."
What you need to make this thing:
- a bunch of different colors of duct tape (I used 4)
- tape measure or a piece of string or paper
- straight edge if your ruler’s not one
- ballpoint pen or something else that will mark on duct tape
- craft or utility knife
- self-healing cutting mat
- Velcro or the equivalent with a sticky back
First thing you need to do is measure your wrist. A tape measure will come in handy here, but if you don’t have one you can also use a piece of string or long scrap of paper—wrap it around your wrist, mark the spot and then measure it with your ruler.
Cut a piece of duct tape to fit around your wrist with two spare inches. Back that with another piece of tape.
Next, trim this strip down to 1 1/2 inches the short way. (My piece was now 11 inches by 1 1/2 inches.)
Okay, set this aside and cut some strips of the other colors to 3 1/2 inches long. The book says to make these into “single-layer folded straps.” Now, the terminology is explained at the beginning of the book—but when I scanned the damn thing last year I did not include this part because I thought I had Velcro stickers somewhere in the house, and that I would remember what the book said for as long as it took to find them and make the fucking bracelet.
Now, I know those fucking things are SOMEWHERE (unless they gained sentience and fled), but fucked if I can find them. And it wasn’t until this week that I could go out and buy the stuff I used on this project.
The point being, I don’t completely remember what the hell “single layer folded straps” ARE.
So I took a wild guess and folded the strips into thirds like so:
Make as many of these pieces as you want to go on the front of the bracelet, figure out how you want to place them and fasten them to the inside of the long strip with little pieces of tape.
I tried to keep them about a strap’s length apart and fairly straight (you can sort of do this by matching up the ends).
Next cut a piece of tape a little smaller on all sides than the bracelet piece and line the inside with it:
Then the book says to “wrap the ends.” Once again, not sure what that means, but I figured it out because this time there were a couple photographs. I may not have it perfectly, but first I cut two three-inch long pieces of tape. I took one piece of tape and one end of the bracelet and did this:
And then cut it like this:
And folded it over like this:
Not perfect, but you get the idea.
Last you add the velcro stickers. A one-inch piece of each will do. Make sure you remember that one goes on the front and one on the back:
The picture in the book has these shimmery star-shaped things on the straps, but there’s no mention of it in the instructions so we won’t worry about that part.
Wow, that certainly makes a statement.
I mean, “Look how much money I am willing to spend on duct tape,” is a statement, right?
time: about 40 minutes
cost: about $20.92 US, more if you need to buy stuff like a cutting mat or utility knife
You can buy this thing that does not look expensive here.
My wisdom teeth have now been scheduled to be removed next week. If this happens there will not be a craft next week but I will put SOMETHING up.